Oak Bluffs: A time to donate

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The first day of spring arrived on Tuesday last. I think she looked around and decided to go somewhere else, as on this Monday morning, the weather predictions for Wednesday and Thursday are the usual: wind, rain, and snow. Last week’s snow is still covering my crocuses that were in full purple bloom when I last saw them, and I am hoping they survived the blizzard onset.

But it was warm and friendly inside Linda Jean’s Restaurant last week, as the popular dining and meeting place reopened after many weeks of winter closure. Patrons and wait staff greeted one another like long-lost friends, as they actually are, as everyone enjoyed the comradery and good food.

The Oak Bluffs School did a great job with their recent food drive for our Vineyard Food Pantry. They were able to collect 120 bags of food to assist the pantry in being able to continue their distribution of food to those who need a bit of help. Please remember, when you are grocery shopping, to drop a nonperishable food item in one of the purple donation boxes that you will find in most grocery stores. This time of year the pantry is running short of food, so donations are greatly appreciated.

Ryan Giordano, an eighth grader at our Oak Bluffs School, has been chosen as an ambassador for Project 351 to represent the eighth grade at our school. Project 351 is a spring service community project and eighth graders will be collecting donations for Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit organization for homeless or low-income families, to provide everyday essentials they need to succeed. Ryan will be setting up a collection box in the lobby of the school March 26 through April 4. Please donate gently used clothing ages newborn to 12, toys, books, baby gear, new hygiene items, or new art supplies, as there are many kids in need. If you would like more info about this project, you may email Ryan at ryangiordano@gmail.com.

March 18 was a special date for Mary Tucker. She celebrated her 100th birthday with a party at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown. Mary’s late husband was retired Judge Herbert Tucker, and she is a retired registered nurse, with both being well-known Oak Bluffs residents. Among the  many highlights of the party were the proclamation signed by Governor Baker declaring March 18 Mary Hill Tucker Day, and two more proclamations signed by Senator Julian Cyr and Representative Dylan Fernandes. But perhaps the biggest surprise was the birthday card sent by former President Barack Obama. Many of Mary’s nieces and nephews were in attendance, as was her godchild, and friends. There was entertainment by the Soundwaves, an offshoot of the popular Vineyard Minnesingers. Congratulations.

The Federated Church in Edgartown’s schedule for services during Holy Week is as follows: Palm Sunday services at 10:30 on March 25, followed at 12:30 by the last free lasagna luncheon of the year. Maundy Thursday service will be held at 7 pm on March 29, Good Friday, March 30, when from 9 am to 3 pm the Meeting House will be open for prayer and reflection. On Easter Sunday, April 1, there is a 6:30 am sunrise service on the lawn of the Mayhew Parsonage, and Easter Sunday service is at 10:30 am.

Island Elderly Housing is holding a Dine to Donate event on Thursday, March 29, at the Offshore Ale Co. in Oak Bluffs. Lunch is held from 11:30 am to 4 pm and dinner from 5 to 8:30 pm. Reservations are recommended. Please call Dorothy at 508-693-5880, ext. 12, or Ann at 508-693-7009 for info regarding printing the ticket you will need to participate.

The League of Women Voters of Martha’s Vineyard is sponsoring an Oak Bluffs voter forum on Thursday, April 5, at 7 pm at our Oak Bluffs library, prior to the local election. The public is invited to attend and listen to their candidates as they present their positions and to ask questions. There are contested races this year, and there should be some lively discussions.

On Thursday, March 29, from 6 to 7 pm, join others for glow-in-the-dark yoga at the library

Please call 508-693-9433 to register. This event is for kids ages 4 to 7.

We send birthday smiles to Marcelle BenDavid and Eugene DeFelice Sr. on March 23, Hunter Ponte on the 25th, June Manning the 26th, James Rebello and Hannah Gibb on the 27th, and Kailyn Hart on the 28th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.